I think I've had it with Freecycle/Freegle and their derivatives.
Yet again, for the third or fourth time I've waited for someone who failed to show, picked from over 100 responses.
In the past I've had abuse because the fully working dishwasher they came for had a perished inlet hose, I've been asked to deliver (many times) and been told they didn't really want the item but it seemed "too good an opportunity to miss".
I've come round to think the skip is a lot less trouble.
Wherever this thread goes it would be a pity not to restart it. I share
morddwyd's idea of placing this in Speaker's Corner because the thread is more chat than substance. Not motivated to argue
morddwyd you must live in an 'unsympathetic' area. Our local Freecycle brigade shows little sign of trouble except to a few who add 'no time wasters' to their post. Some even stipulate "No carboot sellers." Why not?
Always a squirrel keeping things which might be useful ---- Have had people collect an ancient bike, a bundle of a dozen trolley wheels, a box full of mains electric motors and of course an Epson printer with a useless print head. The years of surplus plums are a no-brainer except for an almost total crop failure this year.
Have had a nifty little clock radio It goes the opposite side of the bed so that whichever eye I open first will see the time. It had a damaged backup battery holder which hot glue mended. A small but very powerful vacuum cleaner (for my workshop) which it seems was not suitable for his van.
OK it all may finish at the tip, but will have given an extended lease of life in the interval Only one that I can remember lost interest, but there's always one.
There's no telling whether something you give away will later be sold on ebay or at a car boot. I like to think that, most of the time, the items go to someone who is grateful for an item that they can't afford to buy. That is my experience (I hope) in North Shropshire where I live.
I'm a little apprehensive about my local Freegle group, as the greater majority of the posts seem to be from people requesting items rather than offering them. There is often a list of items requested seemingly from the same person.